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Q & A: A Flood of Emotion

Three years after Katrina, Dr. Chris Duke of the Bienville Medical Center in Ocean Springs, Miss., discusses how stress has affected Gulf Coast residents—and their pets

Three years after Katrina, Dr. Chris Duke of the Bienville Medical Center in Ocean Springs, Miss., discusses how stress has affected Gulf Coast residents—and their pets

Katrina’s floodwaters traumatized many animals and people. Some Missisissippi communities are still dealing with the emotional aftershocks. PAUL TURNER/THE HSUS
When the Gulf floodwaters finally abated in 2005, they left behind more than physical devastation. The years since Katrina have been a constant struggle for those trying to put their homes, neighborhoods, and lives back together, and the emotional and psychological hurdles have been substantial.

As a veterinarian on the Mississippi coast, Dr. Chris Duke was fortunate: His practice was 35 feet above sea level, and incurred minimal hurricane damage. The Bienville Medical Center was able to stay open for business in the days, months, and years following the storm, taking on clients from other practices that were forced to shut down for good.

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